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Access Network OpEx Analysis

Network Operators and Policy Makers need to understand the quantified operating expenses (OpEx) for Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC), DSL over Copper, and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) – to help guide network investment decisions. We analyzed different components that contribute to OpEx and determined that truck rolls to address network problems and churn management are the main OpEx drivers, and all-fiber networks, due to a simpler, more reliable, and higher-performance infrastructure, can save $54/yr/home passed vs. HFC and $91/yr/home passed vs. DSL. Over a 10 yr period the savings accumulate to $540 per home passed vs DSL and $910 per home passed vs. DSL. Fiber is clearly the answer to lower OpEx expenses and lower lifecycle costs!